Launch for Doing Time:
Essays on Using People by Kristian Vistrup Madsen

February 17, 2022
6:00 pm

Please join Or Gallery on Thursday February 17th at 6pm for an in-person conversation with Kristian Vistrup Madsen and Tiziana La Melia on processing art through writing. This event is on the occasion of the launch of Vistrup Madsen’s book: Doing Time: Essays on Using People. Copies will be available at Or Gallery.

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On Doing Time: Essays on Using People
To write about someone else means both to expose and transform them. This is the dilemma of writing that Janet Malcolm describes as “morally indefensible.” In Doing Time: Essays on Using People, Kristian Vistrup Madsen deliberates on his correspondence with an inmate in a California prison named Michael. Over several years, this spawns a series of reflections about the politics of solidarity and appropriation, but also about writing itself and what happens when life is turned into art. This book is a portrait of a friendship interpolated by great difference, and of a fearful time in which experience and identity are everything, and thinking not enough.

Safety note: Audience members should wear masks while inside the gallery and be ready to confirm their fully vaccinated status.

Participant Bios

Kristian Vistrup Madsen is a writer based in Berlin. He is a contributor to magazines such as Artforum, frieze, Texte zur Kunst and Kunstkritikk, and the recipient of the 2020 Broken Dimanche Press novel prize.

Tiziana La Melia grew up in the Okanagan region of British Columbia and now lives in Vancouver. Her paintings, textiles, installations, collaborations and writing are concerned with overlapping registers of perception, feeling, memory and narrative.